Asphalt deterioration is a common occurrence throughout its lifespan, whether it is due to the amount of traffic that impedes upon it to the elements and their damaging abilities. While most asphalt restoration occurs during the spring and summer seasons, the main time that asphalt deterioration occurs is during the winter. The drop in temperature along with the amount and type of precipitation that tends to fall in the Lower Mainland, whether it be snow or rain, causes the asphalt to soften and crack, thus causing damage that spreads and weakens the rest of the asphalt around it. With the addition of winter tires in the equation, the extra weight adds even more pressure to the already softened ground. By the time summer arrives the warm temperature relaxes and helps to expand the asphalt, thus making the deterioration in the asphalt even more visible to the eye. To replace asphalt deterioration is quite expensive, but to replace the damaged areas is what Richmond Blacktop excels at. Some benefits of asphalt patching include stopping the deterioration process where weather conditions, chemicals, or traffic may have been caused.
With a substantial increase in precipitation during the winter it is crucial that prevention and maintenance measures are taken so that damage does not occur at the time or in the future. One method of ensuring less damage when it snows is to remove as much as possible from the surface and then salt the pavement. This helps to prevent further cracking of the pavement as well as to get rid of excess liquid that can seep into the asphalt. Another option could be installing sealcoat, which prevents future damage from taking place by creating a waterproof barrier between the asphalt and the damaging substances. Richmond Blacktop specializes in helping to stop asphalt deterioration during winter as well as handling any sort of asphalt patching. For more information or inquiries regarding any services we provide, feel free to contact one of our team members!